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Italian political crisis sees risk appetite wither in Europe

Politics dominated markets on Monday, with risk appetite withering in Europe as Italy lurched toward fresh elections. The region’s shares and currency reversed early gains. Holidays in the US and UK also slowed trade. DUBLIN Traders complained that business in Dublin was “very, very quiet”, largely thanks to the closure of New York and London […]

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Italian politics dominate markets on a day when US and UK holidays slowed trade

Politics dominated markets on Monday, with risk appetite withering in Europe as Italy lurched toward fresh elections. The region’s shares and currency reversed early gains. Holidays in the US and UK also slowed trade. DUBLIN Traders complained that business in Dublin was “very very quiet”, largely thanks to the closure of New York and London […]

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Markets trend down as US-China trade talks hit obstacle

Global stocks sold off while investors raced for the safety of the Japanese yen and some government bonds on Wednesday as concerns rose that setbacks to US-China trade talks would undermine world economic growth. US president Donald Trump said trade discussions with China would need to be rerouted, saying the current track appeared “too hard […]

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Ryanair lifts Iseq as global investors hail easing US-China trade wars threat

The Iseq surged 1.2 per cent on Monday, helped by a surge Ryanair, one of the index’s heavyweight stocks, and as investors globally were cheered by easing trade tensions between the US and China. The Iseq closed at 7,181.25, less than 55 points off the decade-high reached by the index in January before equities were […]

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Oil stocks and online supermarket Ocado buoy European equities

European shares rose on Thursday to a fresh three-month high as oil stocks rallied and online supermarket Ocado shot up after it signed a game-changing deal in the United States. The pan-European Stoxx 600 ended up 0.7 per cent, while Italy’s benchmark index bounced 0.3 per cent following heavy losses in the previous session on […]

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Italian political risk scares investors but Europe closes higher

Irish stocks edged higher on Wednesday while a weak euro provided support to the broader European market. In Italy, investors on the Milan bourse were scared off after the country’s two anti-system parties made progress in forming a coalition – thus potentially freeing up billions for tax cuts and welfare. Britain’s FTSE 100 was driven […]

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Oil rally drives European shares higher

European shares were supported on Wednesday by strength in oil stocks after US president Donald Trump pulled the United States out of Iran’s nuclear agreement, boosting crude prices. While some well-received earnings updates also provided support to the overall market, shares in companies with exposure to Iran fell, with plane maker Airbus and car makers […]

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US-China trade concerns trouble global investors

Lingering concerns about the outcome of US-China trade talks and the potential for rising interest rates in the US troubled global investors on Thursday with major US indices falling 1 per cent. Falls in Europe were more muted with the Iseq underperforming the wider Stoxx 600 index which fell 0.75 per cent. Dublin The Iseq […]

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European shares end April on a high as UK merger shakes up retail

A multi-billion pound merger between British supermarket Sainsbury’s and Asda shook up retail stocks on Monday while European benchmarks ended April with their strongest monthly gains since 2016. The pan-European Stoxx index rose 0.1 per cent while Germany’ s Dax gained 0.3 per cent, buoyed by investors’ improved risk appetite as inter-Korea tensions eased and […]

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European shares choppy as earnings fail to set trend

European shares steadied on Tuesday as a batch of company updates failed to set a clear trend and chipmakers were weighed down by a warning of a downturn in orders by Austria-based chipmaker AMS, which supplies Apple. The pan-European STOXX 600 benchmark ended flat at the end of a choppy day, marginally weighed down after […]

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